The Rhino Gets Hard

Written By: The Lowdown - Dec• 31•12

Over the last few weeks, we have been keeping a close eye on Kachere Art Studio’s Rhino.


It has continued to attract the interest of Lusaka’s residents as well as visitors to Lusaka. The latest notable visitor has been Tomas Nilsson, Deputy Mayor from Härnösand, Sweden where he is the elected representative of the Green Party.  Tomas was very taken with the Rhino and is seen in the accompanying photograph together with Lusaka’s mayor, Daniel Chisenga.


Whilst it is nice to report that politicians and celebrities are taking an interest in the Rhino, we are more interested in the impact it is having on local people, the masses in the street, as this is where the message of protecting our wildlife heritage and keeping the environment clean really needs to sink in.


The rhino has now been completely stuffed with rubbish and heat has been applied to the outside, giving the rhino a hard outer shell. The area around the rhino has been cleaned up and it is now a pleasant place to visit.  If you haven’t stopped by to see this rhino, you really should take a few minutes to do so. The artists love having visitors and showing off their project.


In a city which is largely devoid of pieces of art for the general public to appreciate, this rhino is now a permanent feature on the Lusaka landscape and is the first in Kachere Art Studio’s Wacky Wildlife series which is going to be extended to other towns around Zambia.


Funding for this project has been provided, in part, by the Civil Society Environment Fund supported by the Governments of Denmark and Finland.



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